Charleston

Charleston Travel Guide

Local designer Mary Norton's scarves, brooches, and handbags have attracted the likes of Sharon Stone and Oprah Winfrey.

A Barcelona-inspired wine-and-tapas bar: the back room has DJ's and a throbbing young crowd on weekends.

Edgy King Street outpost for trendy clothes and gear.

Operates the Nathaniel Russell and Aiken-Rhett houses and sponsors the Festival of Houses & Gardens every spring. Advance tickets available.

This 1741 historic plantation has an exquisite formal garden.

Panoramic views. This rooftop bar at the Market Pavilion Hotel offers a panoramic view of Charleston Harbor, the Cooper River Bridge and, in the distance, historic Fort Sumter.

The fantastic creations of couture milliner Leigh Magar have inspired a devoted cult following.

The society runs several historic properties and conducts tours of private homes in the fall. Also has a great book and gift shop for all things Charleston.

Founded by Emilie Dulles, who was inspired by her mother’s appreciation of fine stationery, Dulles Designs sells high quality stationery and paper products from its studio on Church Street in The Battery.

The Greek Revival Edmondston-Alston House, which is open for public tours throughout the year.

The designs of Billy Reid—whose boutique empire stretches from Charleston to Dallas—would have looked just as dashing on your great-grandfather.

Shop for distinctive local items such as linens inspired by the houses of Rainbow Row.

An intelligent museum in a former slave-trade sales room.

Though a Great Lawn invites group activity, Waterfront Park was intended to remind Charleston of its place in the natural world—its proximity to the Copper River and the harbor, and the borderline between civilization and the wild.